Terra Froese has spent most of heradult life bouncing from job to job,man to man, and drink to drink. Butwhen her latest relationship andjob simultaneously fall apart, sheleaves Seattle for rural Montana tovisit her sister, Leslie VandeKeere,to whom she hasn't spoken in overa year. If anyone can help Terrasort out her life, it'll be Leslie, whohas managed success despite familyodds and a recent move fromcity to country. With plans to rescueherself and her sister from thethreat of going nowhere, Terra's infor a big surprise--Leslie likes hernew country life. When Terra rebels against her sister'sconformity, how much wildness can the VandeKeeresstand in order to keep the family ALL IN ONE PLACE?
Living with three brothers has taught me what I don't want in a husband. "Guys" who can only converse about farming, welding and hockey won't cut it. And those who prefer a rodeo to a symphony or dusty jeans to a nice suit are not for me. Unfortunately, my hometown is full of guys just like my brothers. So I've been planning to move to the city for a fresh start. But now I'm having second thoughts. There's a new man in town. . . ;a churchgoer who's cultured, wears suits and, most important, is nothing like my brothers.
On leave from the army, Nick Colter heads to a quiet Alberta ranch to fulfill a promise. His buddy left behind a pregnant wife in need of protection and friendship that only Nick can provide. Despite years in combat, he isn't prepared for the battle to earn wary Beth Carruthers's trust. There is more than grief in her beautiful blue eyes, and caring for her becomes more than an act of duty. He wants to bring a smile to her face. . . ;and restore faith and love in her heart. Yet the secrets she harbors may destroy the one chance at family he thought he'd never find.
An Unlikely Partnership Opening a business isn't a piece of cake-something Melissa Sweeney discovers when an anonymous benefactor brings her to Bygones, Kansas. She can't fulfill her longtime dream of starting up her own bakery without help. But with his traditional views of work and family, Brian Montclair is the unlikeliest candidate for the job. Even more surprising is the powerful attraction sprouting up between the rugged mechanic and his fiercely independent new boss. Brian's heart and soul belong to his hardworking community that is slowly coming back to life. Melissa wants to be part of that transformation...if she can make Brian believe they can be true partners in everything-including love. The Heart of Main Street: They're rebuilding the town one step-and heart-at a time.
A Bride at LastThe return of Clint Fletcher had the whole town buzzing -- and Nadine Laidlaw wondering. Because this unforgotten, unforgettable man had made it clear he'd come back forher. And she just wasn't sure she could believe in the love they had both denied for so long. A Mother at HeartMiriam Spencer returned to her hometown in search of the simple faith she'd lost. But she found widower Jake Steele -- the man she'd always loved -- and his sweet young daughter. Now she couldn't stop dreaming of somehow becoming part of this loving little family.
While caring for her special-needs baby sister, Rachel Noble falls in love with pediatrician Dr. Eli Cavanaugh in this second installment of the Tiny Blessings series. Original.
As the dog days of summer wind down, the Howard sisters end up trying their hands at many new things. After a minor auto accident, Louise-- accustomed to coaxing beautiful music from the piano and organ--learns to check tire gauges, dipsticks and battery cables. Alice gets roped into helping Aunt Ethel on a new project, and employs hammers, saws and nails to try to keep up with her feisty aunt, and Jane has been commissioned to cater a very special dinner. The finicky hostess makes planning a menu a challenge, but learning to minister to a special group of guests may just be the trickiest task of all.
Second Chance SeasonWhen they fell in love that summer, Jess Schroder never knew the secret Naomi Deacon carried away with her. The boy from a troubled home made it clear he wasn't cut out to be a father. Frightened and with her heart breaking, Naomi moved on. Eight years later, she's back in Hartley Creek-a nurse's aide devoted to healing others. As she gets to know the good, caring man Jess has become, Naomi realizes they both deserve a second chance. Is Jess ready to let Naomi past his defenses? Together they'll embark on a journey to look for the courage they both need this time around.
Carolyne Aarsen brings us two reader-favorite ranchers' stories about healing wounds and starting overCATTLEMAN'S COURTSHIPVeterinarian Cara Morrison is planning another walk down the aisle with her ex-fiancé--except she isn't the bride and rancher Nicholas Chapman isn't the groom. With their best friends' wedding looming, the last thing maid of honor Cara wants is to rekindle a romance with best man Nicholas. But when he needs her help with an illness that's descending on his herd, she discovers the sparks between her and Nicholas still burn bright.COWBOY DADDYRancher Kip Cosgrove promised his dying brother he'd take care of his motherless young twins. So when the boys' estranged aunt shows up on his doorstep with a will and the law on her side, Kip digs in his boot heels. Nicole Williams is wonderful with the boys, but Kip's their kin, too. And until legal issues are settled, she'll have to visit the twins at the ranch. And maybe...stay forever.
Jace Scholte used to be the town bad boy, a rebel who thought he had a cause. But when Jace fell for Dodie Westerveld, he changed and became a Christian. Instead of marrying him, though, Dodie ran away without a word, taking his heart with her. Now they're both back in town. But Dodie still won't talk about the past. When they're paired together on a fundraiser for a new crisis center, Jace is reminded of how much she meant to him. Helping Dodie trust him--and herself--will take all the faith she once helped him find.
Rancher Kip Cosgrove promised his dying brother he'd take care of his motherless young twins. So when the boys' estranged aunt shows up on the Cosgrove doorstep with a will and the law on her side, Kip digs in his boot heels. Nicole Williams is wonderful with the boys, but Kip is just as much their kin as she is. And until legal issues are settled, she'll have to abide by his rules. Which means visiting the twins at the ranch. Seeing how much he loves the boys. How much they love him. And maybe...staying forever.
Wealthy Rebecca Stevenson comes to Wakely to get help from a well-known physiotherapist after a serious horse accident. Joe Brewer plans to capitalize on his skill as a horse trainer and breeder by building a horse-training arena. For this dream to come true he must work with Rebecca, the new accounts manager at the bank where he goes for a loan. Through their time together they both learn about the power of spiritual wealth, and realize that the precious gift of love is more important than money.
Cody Jameson knows that hiring gourmet chef Vivienne Clayton for the Circle C Ranch has to be a mistake. He once secretly loved her, but she's back in tiny Clayton, Colorado, for just a year. Vivienne wonders how she'll survive in the town she couldn't leave fast enough. Yet she soon finds herself cooking beans and biscuits for cowboys and helping Cody with his sassy teenage sister. To the entire ranch's surprise, it seems like this big-city chef might actually stand a chance of becoming a cowboy's lady forever.
Her high school sweetheart is the last person teacher Hailey Deacon expects to encounter back home in Hartley Creek. Since Dan Morrow closed the door on their future, Hailey's determined to make this a temporary stay. She has an ill grandmother to take care of. But when Dan, now a widower, brings his troubled six-year-old daughter to Hailey for help, how can she refuse? Working with both father and daughter, she vows not to fall for him again. But if a determined little girl has her way, Hailey won't be leaving Hartley Creek again anytime soon.Home to Hartley Creek:A family legend brings cousins home.
Amy Danyluck was driven to distraction when Paul Henderson crashed back into her life. When a reformed Paul generously helped Amy save her ranch, she was deeply touched by his earnest effort to regain his lost faith. Torn between love and loyalty, Amy faced the decision of a lifetime.
In this final book in the miniseries Stealing Home, lawyer Matthew McKnight is intrigued by a woman from his past who refuses her inheritance. As she opens up to him, he sees how her strong faith has sustained her throughout her difficult life and falls in love with the woman she has become.
Luke Harris grew up without family. Now, it's all he wants. More so when he and his friendly dog move next door to widowed mom Janie Corbett and her three kids. For the first time, he can imagine hearing the pitter-patter of little feet in his own home. Listening to their bedtime prayers. Having a wife and children to call his own. But once-burned/twice-shy Janie won't say yes--unless Luke acknowledges his troubled past. With the help of one stubborn woman, three smart kids and a cherished Labrador retriever, there might be a family for Luke, after all.
Two heartwarming holiday novels by Carolyne AarsenA Family-Style ChristmasA childhood in foster care cost businessman Simon Steele his faith. But when he's injured in a motorcycle accident, nurse Caitlin Severn challenges him. She believes that returning to God-and reconnecting with his brother-will help him heal. Can he become the man she deserves by Christmas?Yuletide HomecomingAfter years of estrangement from her father, Sarah Westerveld is summoned home. When she arrives, the handsome man she loved-and had to give up-demands answers. Logan Carleton is her father's enemy. But they must put the past to rest for their holiday wishes to come true.
Family At Last Nate Lyster and Mia Verbeek are in perfect agreement-letting someone new into your life is much too risky. Mom to four kids, Mia can't let just anyone get close, while wandering cowboy Nate learned young that trusting another means chancing heartbreak. But when a fire turns Mia's life upside down, Nate is the only one who can get through to her traumatized son. Nate fits into Mia's family perfectly, and they soon realize that a loving family is what they both want. Can they put the hurts of their pasts behind them...for a chance at a perfect love? Hearts of Hartley Creek: In this small town, love is just around the corner
A Chance For Redemption Widowed attorney Zach Truscott is ready for a fresh start. So he and his beloved daughter head west to the quaint town of Hartley Creek. But instead of a new beginning, Zach comes face-to-face with a woman from the past. With a secret. For Renee Albertson, falling for the handsome single dad is easy; revealing the truth is difficult. Renee wants a second chance to make things right. But can they let go of the past and create a family together? Hearts of Hartley Creek-In this small town, love is just around the corner.
"This ismyfarm. "Arrogant Ethan Westerveld could scream that from the barn roof if he wanted. But half the place was now Hannah Kristoferson's. Not that she wanted one inch of the farm that reminded her of the only father she'd ever known--and his heartbreaking betrayal. Yet according to the terms of his will, she had to spend six months at Riverbend or forfeit the inheritance. Six months butting heads with too-handsome Ethan in order to make a quick sale and a new life far away? She'd do it. But Hannah didn't count on Ethan feeling like family. . . or that she'd want to stay forever.
Saving lives is what nurse Shannon Deacon excels at. The fast pace of the emergency room provides a distraction from painful memories of being left at the altar. Until she discovers that her next-door neighbor happens to be her ex-fiancé's brother. Dr. Ben Brouwer feels just as uncomfortable around Shannon. He, too, conceals a hurting heart by devoting himself to his work. Yet there's an undeniable attraction between them-and two determined matchmakers are working overtime to get them together. Can Ben help Shannon realize that maybe she's been holding on to her wedding dress after all this time for a reason?
Handsome but restless Rick Ethier had no use for the stuffy family business, but when his grandfather laid an interesting proposition at his door, he found it hard to say no. If Rich could bring a faltering magazine around to profitability within a year, he' d be free to pursue his true interests.But Rick found an unexpected obstacle in Becky Ellison, the previous owner' s daughter and the current editor of the magazine. Though she loved her job, she had yearned to write fiction-- until a very negative review of her first published book-- by Rick Ethier-- had quashed that dream forever. Had God crossed their paths to give them both a new direction?
Second-Chance Cowboy Montana rodeo star Tanner Fortier is a good man. A man Keira Bannister never stopped loving. But when he shows up at Refuge Ranch looking to have his late brother's saddle repaired in time for the championships, he's the last person Keira wants to see. For years, she's kept hidden the real reason for breaking their engagement-and Tanner's heart. But now, with him at the ranch, she's tempted to reveal the truth-one that could destroy him. But she knows that to have a future with the man of her dreams, she has to settle the past... Refuge Ranch: Where a Montana family comes home to love.Montana rodeo star Tanner Fortier is a good man. A man Keira Bannister never stopped loving. But when he shows up at Refuge Ranch looking to have his late brother's saddle repaired in time for the championships, he's the last person Keira wants to see. For years, she's kept hidden the real reason for breaking their engagement-and Tanner's heart. But now, with him at the ranch, she's tempted to reveal the truth- one that could destroy him. But she knows that to have a future with the man of her dreams, she has to settle the past... Refuge Ranch: Where a Montana family comes home to love.
A Forever Family Raising twins on her own hasn't been easy for widowed mom Hannah Douglas. But she's determined to see her family-and the picnic basket auction she's organizing for the town's centennial celebration-succeed. Still, there are times she wishes for someone to lean on. To her surprise, Brody Harcourt's strong shoulders are at the ready. Seems like Jasper Gulch's favorite firefighter and rancher is always there when she needs him. But Hannah's not sure she's willing to take another chance on love, especially with someone whose job puts him in harm's way. Is the risk of loving Brody worth the reward to make her family complete? Big Sky Centennial: A small town rich in history...and love.
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